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z In this time of bit­ter par­ti­san ri­val­ries, it would be well to re­mem­ber the fol­low­ing sage ob­ser­va­tion: “Do not trust to the cheer­ing, for those per­sons would cheer just as much if you and I were go­ing to be hanged.” The man who first made that ob­ser­va­tion was Lord Pro­tec­tor of Eng­land Oliver Cromwell, con­sid­ered by some to be a hero of lib­erty, by oth­ers to be a regi­ci­dal dic­ta­tor. He died in 1658, prob­a­bly from sep­ticemia. He was so re­viled that, three years later, his body was ex­humed so that he could be posthu­mously ex­e­cuted, his body thrown into a pit and his head dis­played on a pole out­side West­min­ster Hall. z Those who study such things say that if all the gold in the world were com­bined in one lump, it would re­sult in a cube that mea­sures about 18.3 me­tres on each side.

z The acids in your di­ges­tive sys­tem are so cor­ro­sive that your stom­ach must pro­duce an en­tirely new lin­ing ev­ery three days.

z You might be sur­prised to learn that the mother of Sir Win­ston Churchill, that quin­tes­sen­tial icon of Bri­tish­ness, was ac­tu­ally born an Amer­i­can in Brook­lyn, New York. Lady Ran­dolph Spencer-churchill, nee Jeanette Jerome, was a so­cialite, and it is through her that Win­ston Churchill is re­lated to his wartime ally, Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt. The prime min­is­ter and the pres­i­dent were sev­enth cousins, once re­moved.

z If you’re plan­ning to travel to the US state of Wash­ing­ton with ne­far­i­ous plans, here’s an in­ter­est­ing law to keep in mind: Any mo­torist with crim­i­nal in­tent is re­quired to stop be­fore en­ter­ing a town and in­form the chief of po­lice of his or her pres­ence.


z Stud­ies show that peo­ple who eat more fi­bre take in fewer calo­ries, and if you’re on a healthy mis­sion, take heed: Keep your fo­cus on whole food sources of fi­bre, like veg­gies, fresh fruits and nu­tri­tious whole grains. z “Make life eas­ier on your­self. Set a timer on your phone when you put a load of laun­dry in the wash. That way, you can pop it in the dryer right when it’s done. The less time your clothes sit, the bet­ter. You’ll be done with your laun­dry sooner, too.” – con­trib­uted by R.R. z Cin­na­mon in the gar­den? Yep, cin­na­mon is a nat­u­ral fungi­cide, and you can use it on cuts on flow­ers to help the plant root. Sim­ply dip the cut end in cin­na­mon pow­der be­fore root­ing.

z Use cling­wrap over the top of a cof­fee mug or tum­bler in or­der to take your drink “to go”. Just cre­ate a small hole at the edge of the cup for sip­ping, or poke a straw through the cen­tre for easy ac­cess.

z “I pur­chased a nice lo­tion in a very pretty pump bot­tle. Af­ter the lo­tion was all used up, I re­pur­posed the bot­tle as a soap dis­penser at my kitchen sink. It matches bet­ter, and I like hav­ing a pump bot­tle, be­cause it’s easy to get a lit­tle bit of soap on your sponge.” – E.S.

z “If you have a lot of cans of spray paint, try stor­ing them in a win­dow planter. They are long and skinny, and the right depth to keep cans up­right but still be able to see the tops to get the can you need quickly.” – I.L.

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